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In-Place Machining Acquires Western Machine Works

Strategic partnership expands industrial machining and repair capabilities

Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 - 12:01

(In-Place Machining Co.: Milwaukee) -- In-Place Machine Co. LLC (IPM) has announced the acquisition of Western Machine Works LLC (WMW) as part of a long-term growth strategy to expand reach and service offerings to customers and prospects across the United States and Canada.

Globally recognized as a premier provider of high-precision industrial solutions, IPM is a leader in on-site machining, diamond wire cutting and drilling, and alignment and measurement services. Adding WMW’s expertise in engineering and precision machine shop services enhances benefits to customers across a multitude of industries.

“IPM could not be happier about Western Machine Works joining our great team,” says IPM president and CEO Dean Flint. “Their highly skilled, experienced group of engineers and machinists is committed to providing exceptional service to heavy industrial markets such as pulp and paper, marine, steel, and wind and hydro power generation.

“WMW has a reputation for being the best of the best. Their location, end markets and service offerings, as well as their company culture, make them an outstanding fit for our customers and for our overall growth strategy.”

“This is a very exciting time for WMW”, says WMW SVP and general manager Greg Allen. “It was very important to us that we partner with a company that excels in machining and has experience in the industries we serve. IPM’s onsite machining capabilities and experience are unmatched and complement the services we provide to create a unique benefit to our customer base. I am confident that our employees and our customers will benefit greatly from this new venture.”

Based in Portland, Oregon, WMW is a highly respected in-house machining and engineering firm specializing in repairing and refurbishing large-scale, precision components, including pulp and paper rolls, wind-turbine main shafts, hydroelectric components, and more. Founded in 1985 to provide precision roll grinding, balancing, and general machining services for the pulp and paper industry, WMW leveraged its expertise to provide engineered solutions to wind power, hydroelectric, steel manufacturing, marine, and other heavy industries.

With the addition of WMW to IPM’s machining services division as well as its strong measurement and alignment services division of OASIS Alignment Services, Exact Metrology, and East Coast Metrology, IPM brings a new level of experience, knowledge, tooling, and service to the industry.

Visit their websites to learn more about IPM as well as WMC.

Precision roll grinding from WMC.


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